Light aircraft headed to Mara crash lands in Njoro with tourists

The 5Y-C11 light aircraft which crash landed in Njoro on August 13, 2022. [Kennedy Gachuhi, Standard]

A light aircraft ferrying tourists from Nakuru to the Maasai Mara national reserve has crashed in Njoro.

Nakuru County Police Commander Peter Mwanzo says three people were on board the plane at the time of incident.

"An aircraft 5Y-C11 crashed has crashed within the county at around 1330hours. On board were one pilot and two tourists," said Mwanzo.

The police boss says the plane had taken off from Lake Nakuru Lodge which is located within Lake Nakuru National Park and was heading to Mara North.

Mwanzo says the plane crashed in an open field and those on board were evacuated.

 "The plane crash-landed at Koibyot Village near Likia in Mauche. The two passengers and a pilot are all safe with no injuries," said Mwanzo.

The pilot of the plane has been identified as 27-year-old Joshua Kwam whose passengers were a 28-year-old female Peru national and a French man aged 29.